Zoning Administration Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Fairfax, VA 22035

Leslie Johnson,
Zoning Administrator

Sign Regulations Part II – Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment

bookstoreFollowing the Part I Zoning Ordinance Amendment to rewrite the sign regulations to be content-neutral, Part II focuses on a broader review of sign policies in Fairfax County. From December 2021 to May 2022, staff conducted initial outreach and education, highlighting the existing regulations and soliciting feedback on what changes should be considered as a part of the Part II Amendment. 

A cover memo and draft text have been released and are open for public review. Topics include:

  • Revision of the maximum nighttime brightness limitations for electronic display signs;
  • Consolidation of the current Comprehensive Sign Plan (CSP) and Special Exception (SE) sign applications into one SE application type. This SE would include revised review criteria and new submission requirements;
  • Review of size limitations for signs in reserved parking spaces;
  • Allowance of an illuminated or electronic window sign;
  • Addition of a requirement that a subdivision sign be located only at major vehicular entrances and within an easement recorded for signage purposes or a common area;
  • Allowance for multifamily buildings to have a building-mounted sign instead of a freestanding sign; 
  • Exemption for ordering boards associated with a restaurant with drive-through from the overall maximum freestanding sign regulations (up to 20 feet in size); and
  • Reduction of the appeal timeframe for minor signs.

Community Engagement

Upcoming Meetings

Board of Supervisors’ Land Use Policy Committee
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.
Fairfax County Government Center (Conference Room 11)
For more information, please visit the Board of Supervisors webpage.

Planning Commission’s Land Use Process Review Committee
Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 8:30 p.m.
Fairfax County Government Center (Conference Room 11)

Past Meetings & Materials

Signs Education and Outreach Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Meeting Recording

Signs Education and Outreach Community Meeting
Thursday, January 27, 2022

Great Falls Citizen Association
Thursday, February 10, 2022 

Signs Outreach Meeting with Faith and Non-Profit Leaders
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 

Braddock Land Use and Environment Committee
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 

Signs Outreach Meeting with Faith and Non-Profit Leaders
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 

Mason District Council
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 

Mount Vernon Civic Association 
Monday, March 7, 2022

Hunter Mill Land Use Committee
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

McLean Citizen Association
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 

Lee District Land Use Committee
Monday, April 11, 2022

Providence District Council
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Planning Commission Land Use Process Review Committee
Thursday, May 12, 2022 

Sully District Land Use and Transportation
Monday, May 16, 2022 

Board of Supervisors’ Land Use Policy Committee
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Land Use Policy Committee Presentation  |  Signs Part II – Preliminary Concepts 


Introduction to Sign Regulations Presentation

Nonresidential Minor Signs Flyer: English | Spanish | Korean

Prohibited Signs Flyer: English | Spanish | Korean

Status Update on Signs ZOA (September 21, 2021)

Signs Part II Draft Text and Cover Memo (May 10, 2023)

Contact Us

For questions or comments about the proposed amendment, please contact Casey Judge, Zoning Administration Division, by email or at 703-324-1314.

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